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An Onion in My Pocket

My Life with Vegetables

By Deborah Madison
Narrated by: Deborah Madison
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

An Onion in My Pocket

“Deborah Madison is the author of four award-winning vegetarian cookbooks and was the original chef at the famed Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. In this memoir, she shares stories from her childhood in California to her twenty years lived in a Buddhist monastery and beyond and her life experiences that paralleled the reshaping of the culinary world towards more fresh, diverse, vegetable-forward foods.”

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Be My Guest

Reflections on Food, Community, and the Meaning of Generosity

By Priya Basil
Narrated by: Priya Basil
Length: 3 hours 50 minutes

A thought-provoking meditation on food, family, identity, immigration, and, most of all, hospitality--at the table and beyond--that's part food memoir, part appeal for more authentic decency in our daily worlds, and in the world at large.

Be My Guest is an utterly unique, deeply personal meditation on what it means to tend to others and to... Read more »

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Fermentation as Metaphor

Follow Up to the Bestselling "The Art of Fermentation"

By Sandor Ellix Katz
Narrated by: Sandor Ellix Katz
Length: 2 hours 14 minutes

Bestselling author Sandor Katz--an "unlikely rock star of the American food scene" (New York Times) with over 500,000 books sold--gets personal about the deeper meaning of fermentation.

In 2012, Sandor Ellix Katz published The Art of Fermentation, which quickly became the bible for foodies around the world, a runaway bestseller, and a James... Read more »

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Notes from a Young Black Chef

A Memoir

By Kwame Onwuachi & Joshua David Stein
Narrated by: Kwame Onwuachi
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

“Kwame Onwuachi’s story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world.” —Questlove
 
By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi had opened—and closed—one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty... Read more »

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Burn the Place

A Memoir

By Iliana Regan
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

A singular, powerfully expressive debut memoir that traces one chef’s struggle to find her place and what happens once she does

Burn the Place is a galvanizing culinary memoir that chronicles Iliana Regan’s journey from foraging on the family farm to opening her Michelin-starred restaurant, Elizabeth. Her story is alive with startling imagery,... Read more »

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The Cooking Gene

A Journey Through African-american Culinary History in the Old South

By Michael W. Twitty
Narrated by: Michael W. Twitty
Length: 15 hours 20 minutes

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touchpoints in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes listeners to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged... Read more »

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Serious Eater

A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption

By Ed Levine & J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
Narrated by: Ed Levine & Bill Oakley
Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

"A hilarious and moving story of unconventional entrepreneurialism, passion, and guts." --Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group; Founder of Shake Shack; Author of Setting the Table

Original recipes by J. Kenji López-Alt of The Food Lab and Stella Parks of BraveTart

James Beard Award-winning founder of Serious Eats Ed Levine finally...
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Eat a Peach

A Memoir

By David Chang & Gabe Ulla
Narrated by: David Chang
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

Eat a Peach

“Unapologetically honest and raw, "Eat a Peach" is David Chang's no holds barred account of his rise to fame in the culinary world. David writes candidly about his complicated upbringing, mental illness, crippling anxiety and self doubt, and major anger management issues as he dishes up subversive, accessible food to the masses.  I appreciated how Chang's praise of his peers, mentors and aspiring chefs was peppered throughout the book. "Eat A Peach" doesn't shy away from anything, including Chang's fight against racism and his answer to the #meetoo movement.  If you are a foodie or enjoy a look behind the scenes of a business, you'll devour this memoir!The audio narrated by David Chang is excellent!”

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The Flavor of Wood

In Search of the Wild Taste of Trees, from Smoke and Sap to Root and Bark

By Artur Cisar-Erlach
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

Discover how the wild tastes of wood are already in your food, guided by a global flavor forager

Most people don’t expect wood to flavor their food beyond the barbecue, if at all, and gastronomists rarely discuss the significance that wood has on ultimate taste. But trees and wood have a far greater influence over our plate and palate than you... Read more »

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Buttermilk Graffiti

A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine

By Edward Lee
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for Edward Lee, who, like Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton, is as much a writer as he is a chef, that first surprising bite is just the beginning. What about the people behind the food? What about... Read more »

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Honey and Venom

Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper

By Andrew Coté
Narrated by: Andrew Coté
Length: 9 hours 22 minutes

A year in the life of New York City’s premier beekeeper, who chronicles his adventures and the quirky personalities he encounters while spreading his infinite knowledge of and passion for the remarkable honey bee
 
“Coté’s charming and poignant essay collection delivers the entertainment and smarts required to make real change in how we look at... Read more »

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By the Smoke and the Smell

My Search for the Rare and Sublime on the Spirits Trail

By Thad Vogler
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
Length: 9 hours 46 minutes

We care so much about the food we eat: how it is made, by whom, and where. Yet we are far less careful about the spirits we drink, often allowing the biggest brands with the most marketing dollars to control the narrative. In By the Smoke and the Smell, Vogler is here to set the record straight. This remarkable memoir is the first book to ask... Read more »

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What She Ate

Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories

By Laura Shapiro
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr & Laura Shapiro
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2017
One of NPR Fresh Air's "Books to Close Out a Chaotic 2017"
NPR's Book Concierge Guide To 2017’s Great Reads

How lucky for us readers that Shapiro has been listening so perceptively for decades to the language of food.” Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air

Six 
“mouthwatering” (Eater.com) short takes on...
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My Berlin Kitchen

A Love Story, with Recipes

By Luisa Weiss
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 7 hours 42 minutes

It takes courage to turn your life upside down, especially when everyone is telling you how lucky you are. But sometimes what seems right feels deeply wrong. My Berlin Kitchen tells the story of how one thoroughly confused, kitchen-mad romantic broke off her engagement, quit her dream job, and went across the ocean in search of happiness.

Luisa... Read more »

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Toast

The Story of a Boy's Hunger

By Nigel Slater
Narrated by: Nigel Slater
Length: 6 hours 3 minutes

A deliciously evocative story of childhood in 1960s suburban England from one of theUnited Kingdom's best-loved writers, Nigel Slater

Toast is the truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. In each chapter, as Nigel Slater takes us on a tour of the contents of his family's pantry--rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince... Read more »

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Medium Raw

A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

By Anthony Bourdain
Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

Medium Raw marks the return of the inimitable Anthony Bourdain, author of the blockbuster bestseller Kitchen Confidential and three-time Emmy Award-nominated host of No Reservations on TV’s Travel Channel. Bourdain calls his book, “A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook,” and he is at his entertaining best as he takes... Read more »

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Love, Loss, and What We Ate

A Memoir

By Padma Lakshmi
Narrated by: Padma Lakshmi
Length: 12 hours 37 minutes

A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn

Long before Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television... Read more »

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Kitchen Confidential

Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

By Anthony Bourdain
Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
Length: 8 hours 18 minutes

When Chef Anthony Bourdain wrote "Don't Eat Before You Read This" in The New Yorker, he spared no one's appetite, revealing what goes on behind the kitchen door. In Kitchen Confidential, he expanded the appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet that lays out his twenty-five years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.

From his... Read more »

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Delicious!

A Novel

By Ruth Reichl
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes

In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts. 

     Billie Breslin has travelled far from her California home to take a job at... Read more »

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Save Me the Plums

My Gourmet Memoir

By Ruth Reichl
Narrated by: Ruth Reichl
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

Save Me the Plums

“Ruth Reichl's latest memoir is delectable! The audio was superb. For readers who enjoy behind the scenes, travel, and food. Loved it! ”

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